After just over four years of running the site, the time has come to move on to pastures new. After starting rather tentatively in December 2010 with the aim of sharing some of the archives discovered while researching the village’s…

In her illustrated talk Judy will present a fascinating insight into the working communications in Enniskerry and the Dargle valley during the 19th century.  Entrusted some time ago with a copy of a diary written by a Powerscourt curate in…

The website of Jenny Self, familiar to many viewers of this site, seems to have disappeared. It was a treasure trove as it documented her hard work in transcribing several parish records. While we hope it returns, in the interest…

Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society, in association with the La Touche Legacy Committee, is hosting a Festival of History Weekend at Charlesland Golf and Country Club, Greystones, Friday 26 to Sunday 28 September. The event will open on Friday afternoon…

Captain Grenville Fortescue

The current commemoration of the First World War brings the composers of the time and music that was inspired by the war into focus. When the war started the Irish composer Ina Boyle (1889-1967) was 25 years of age. Some…

Next week is Heritage Week, and on Tuesday evening, I will be giving my walking tour of the village. Meet at 6.30 pm sharp at the Town Clock in Enniskerry. the walking tour lasts about 1 hour, but feel free…

Bray War Memorial (picture from informatique on Flickr)

One of the first war memorials in the Free State was unveiled in 1923 by Lord Powerscourt at Bray. The memorial—a Celtic cross made from Tullamore limestone on a plinth of Wicklow granite—was designed by Sir Thomas Manley Deane and…

Wicklow World War 1 War Dead Memorial (Invitation)

An unveiling of a memorial will take place at 5 – 6 pm Thursday 18th September 2014 at Woodenbridge, Co. Wicklow. The Memorial will consist of 15 granite pillars listing the names of natives and residents of County Wicklow who died…

It has been announced that Wicklow County Council have decided to close the Local Studies section in Ballywaltrim Library, Bray due to staff shortages from next Monday June 30th. This is a severely short-sighted decision. As anyone who has visited…

Tuesday May 6th: Kilmacanogue History Society, Glenview Hotel, 8.30 pm Do the Irish Speak English? by Terry Dolan [details]   Thursday 8th May: Enniskerry Historical Society, Powerscourt Arms Hotel, 8.30 pm A look at Enniskerry in 1914, Jim Scanell

Buckley's Jaunting Car Between Enniskerry and Dublin

The Jaunting Car was described by the Dublin Penny Journal in 1832: This is, properly, an Irish machine. The JAUNTING CAR is almost peculiar to our island. A Scotchman or an English- man on first landing at Dublin or at…

"Enniskerry" compilation is now free on Google Books

Last year “Enniskerry: Archives, Notes, & Stories from the Village” was published. The book was a compilation of articles from the website and other journal articles. It’s almost sold out of the second run, and as there won’t be another…

Powerscourt Tenant Names from 1840s

Declarations of tenant loyalty were common in the nineteenth century. These would usually be issued on the marriage of the landlord, the birth of a child (especially an heir) or some other significant life event. A declaration by tenants to…

Talk at Enniskerry History Society Thurs 13th March

I’ll be talking at Enniskerry History Society on Thursday 13th March on the topic of my new book. It will detail some of the work I’ve being doing  on schools in Wicklow that were developed prior to the development of the…

Call for any information on Whites of Parknasillogue in the 1930′s. They may have lived in Parknasilla House. If you have any knowledge of this family, do let us know in the comments.

The site is now closed for new content but remains live as an archive. Comments will continue to be approved. Thanks for the support. Michael.